Journey Through Central Europe and the Balkans - 11 days Budapest to Budapest (SDA)
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Journey through Central Europe and the Balkans

10-Night Cruise from Budapest to Budapest

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Budapest to Budapest (DSA) - 11 days

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An original eleven-day trip including a ten-day cruise Hungary - Serbia - Bosnia - Croatia The majestic Danube, authentic Sava and Lake Balaton

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Budapest (Embarkation Day)

We board at 6:00pm and settle into our cabins. We have a welcome cocktail and are introduced to the crew before dinner on board. The boat sets sail in the early evening.

Day 2: MOHÁCS (Hungary) – OSIJEK (Croatia) - Slavonia

We have breakfast as we cruise, crossing the border into Croatia at Mohács. The morning is spent cruising as as we pass Batina and the nature park of Kopacki Rit before arriving in Osijek around 1pm. After lunch on board, our optional excursion this afternoon is to the nature park of Kopacki Rit and to Osijek. The nature park of Kopacki Rit, located northwest of the confluence of the Drava and the Danube and close to the Serbian border, is one of the largest and most attractive preserved wetlands in Europe. Over its 23,000 hectares, there are 141 different species of birds. After a boat trip around the park we continue our excursion to Osijek, situated in the eastern historic Croatian region of Slavonia. We have a guided visit of the upper town, and learn a little about the Church of St Peter and St Paul, a neo-Gothic brick structure that is so large (90 metres high) and majestic that it is fondly known as a “cathedral”. We then continue to the old town (Tvrdja) where we begin our visit at the 18th century fortress (where there is a fabulous panoramic view over the river) and then head for the main square, where we pause to admire the monument to the Holy Trinity. We return on board for dinner and moor up for the night.

DAY 3: OSIJEK – VUKOVAR (Croatia) – ILOK (Croatia) – NOVI SAD (Serbia)

We set off on our cruise to Vukovar early this morning and have breakfast as we cruise. We arrive in Vukovar around 8am. This was once one of the prettiest towns in the Danube Valley, although today, sadly, it looks more like a city in ruins. We set off for our optional excursion to the Djakovo Stud Farms and the mediaeval city of Ilok. We head off first of all by coach to Djakovo, where we will be able to admire the “white pearls of Djakovo” at the national Lipizzaner stud farm, one of the oldest of its kind in the world (dating from 1374) with a heritage few countries can boast of. At this time, the town was part of the Habsburg territory and here they reared the beautiful and noble Lipizzaner horses. We visit the stud farm and watch a horse dressage performance before heading off again to the small mediaeval city of Ilok. A noble Italian family, the Odescalchi, took possession of this town in 1697, leaving behind a rich, historic heritage. We visit the historic centre, the Sanctuary – the church and convent of St John of Capistrano – and the Odescalchi Castle. We rejoin the boat at Ilok in time for lunch on board. Our cruise continues to Novi Sad, where we arrive around 3pm. Next we have an optional visit of Novi Sad. Located in the southern part of the Great Plain in the Baga region, Novi Sad is the multiethnic capital of Vojvodina. From the Petrovaradin Fortress, the view over the Danube is quite unrestricted. The little lively and colourful historic centre of Novi Sad is absolutely charming. We return on board for dinner and continue our cruise to Belgrade, where we arrive around midnight.

DAY 4: BELGRADE – SREMSKA MITROVICA (Serbia)

We have breakfast on board before our morning’s guided visit of Belgrade. Situated at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers, the town has created its own cultural identity base on a mix of Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman and Slavic cultures. From the Kalmegdan Fortress, the view over the river and its tributary is delightful. Belgrade is a well spaced out town with a modern feel where the Terazije and Republike squares form a lively centre. We return on board at the end of the morning for lunch and set sail to Sremska Mitrovica. We navigate the River Sava crossing the plain of Vojvodina, the true bread basket of Serbia and a mosaic of nationalities. We dine as we cruise and arrive during the night in Sremska Mitrovica, where we moor up.

DAY 5: SREMSKA MITROVICA (Serbia) – BRCKO (Bosnia)

We have breakfast on board before our excursion “across the Vojvodina”. Around the hamlet of Iriški Venac there are more than 16 Orthodox monasteries and we have the opportunity to absorb Serbian art – a mix of Byzantine style and Baroque architecture. We visit the Orthodox monastery at Krusedol. Founded in the 16th century, it is decorated with lavish paintings. We continue to Sremski Karlovci, a peaceful little town of some 9,000 inhabitants on the banks of the Danube. In the 17th century, once the Turkish threat had gone, the town became the cultural centre for the Serbs of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and seat of the Orthodox Patriarchate. The cultural awakening of the town continued with the creation of the first Serbian school in the 17th century and, in the 19th century, with the meetings of great Men of Letters and theologians. It is well worth walking in this romantic town, visiting the school or the Orthodox Cathedral of Saborna Crkva, built in the style of classicism with late Baroque elements. The interior is richly decorated with wonderful carvings and paintings, and there are many Serbian treasures inside, with the relics of several Serbian saints, rulers and former heads of the Church. We return on board for lunch and set sail again, arriving in Brcko, in Bosnia, in the early evening. After dinner, we are treated to a Folklore Evening on board – a chance to appreciate the musical and folklore traditions of Bosnia.

DAY 6: BRCKO (Bosnia) – SLAVONSKI BROD (Croatia)

We have all meals on board today. Our morning begins with a walk in Brcko. The pedestrian main street, lined with buildings in the traditional architectural style of Austro-Hungary and crossed with Ottoman influences, contrasts with the adjacent streets where the ruins of the recent conflicts live side by side with modern constructions. The boat sets sail towards Slavonski Brod. The River Sava marks the border between Bosnia and Croatia and we pass through Slavonia, the fertile plain of Croatia. We arrive in Slavonski Brod around midnight and moor for the night.

DAY 7: SLAVONSKI BROD (Croatia) – JASENOVAC (Croatia)

We have breakfast on board before our guided walking tour of Slavonski Brod. We discover the town centre and its main square, the Franciscan church and the Brod Citadel – an imposing construction in Vauban style, build in the 18th century to protect the Austro-Hungarian Empire from Turkish invasions. We return to the boat and begin our cruise mid-morning to Jasenovac, where we arrive around midnight. Dinner is taken as we cruise, followed by an evening of entertainment on board.

DAY 8: JASENOVAC (Croatia) – SISAK (Croatia)

We have breakfast on board before setting off on our excursion to Lonske Polje Nature Park: Here we find a land much favoured by migratory birds during the Lonja floods and the villages with traditional wooden dwellings, where time seems to have stopped, are absolutely charming. In Krapje, we have a presentation of a short film which gives us a greater understanding of this particular region. In Cigoc, we are able to observe the storks which are the pride of the village. Each and every house in the village proudly hosts a nest, with a winged tenant in residence. Later we are also able to try regional produce in an authentic Slavonian farm, decorated according to local tradition. We return on board for lunch and set sail again. We dine as we cruise, arriving mid-evening in Sisak.

DAY 9: SISAK (Croatia) – SISAK

We have breakfast on board before we set off on our full day’s optional excursion to Zagreb, with an included lunch of regional specialities. The harmonious combination of architecture and green space makes Zagreb a perfect model for a town. There are many art galleries and museums in Zagreb, housing many treasures, not only those relating to the city but from the world over. Try to visit the University Library (built in Secession style) or the cemetery, cultivated like an English landscaped garden and an oddly comforting place for a pleasant walk. Here in Zagreb, there is much that is reminiscent of Austria, particularly the coloured buildings and culinary specialities. Take a walk along the steep streets of Gradec and Kaptol, the historic centre of Zagreb. Tonight we have our Gala dinner on board.

DAY 10: SISAK (Croatia) (Disembarkation Day) – ZAGORJE – LAKE BALATON

We have breakfast on board then disembark and transfer by coach to Varazdin, in the Zagorje province, north-west of Zagreb. We begin with a visit of the historic town of Varazdin, a real Baroque gem. Pleasant squares, pastel painted palaces and the graceful silhouette of the chateau form a harmonious and captivating whole, with all the characteristic charms typical of Central European cities. We have lunch then continue towards Lake Balaton which is a favourite short break destination for Hungarians. We travel along the lakeside to Balatonfüred, where we arrive late afternoon. This is one of the oldest health resorts on the Northern shores of the lake and is much appreciated for its aristocratic charm and its beautiful shady lakeside promenades lined with plane trees. We have dinner and spend the night in our hotel.

DAY 11: LAKE BALATON – BUDAPEST

We have breakfast at the hotel before we spend the morning on our guided visit of Tihany. This peninsula is truly captivating and we will surely be unable to resist the charms of its beautiful setting and baroque Benedictine abbey. We have time to explore independently before we leave Lake Balaton and head for Budapest. Here there is free time for lunch on your own. (arrival around 2pm). End of our journey.

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.

2017 and 2018 Departure Dates

Program Start Date
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin and the SINGLE TRAVELER rate.
From Budapest
Cruise Embarkation Date
Lower Deck Cabin w/ picture window - 2 twin beds
Upper Deck Cabin w/ picture window - 2 twin beds
Lower Deck Cabin - w/ picture window Single Passenger
Upper Deck Cabin - w/ picture window Single Passenger
May 14, 2017
$2,826
$3,115
$3,508
$3,797
May 12,2018
$2,810
$3,167
$3,861
$4,218
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

Prices Include:

Your cruise with all meals from dinner the D1 to breakfast on the D11 drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served during meals on board, drinks served at the bar (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list) double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom - welcome cocktail - onboard entertainment, the gala dinner and evening assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess - the excursions mentioned in the program - the traditional evening in Brcko transfers by coach on D10 and 11 the services of a tour leader during D10 and 11 guided visit of Varazdin and Tihany lunch in Varazdin accommodation in a 3-star hotel in or near Balatonfüred Port charges

Prices fo not include:

Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers) • Champagne ordered at the bar and all drinks on the wine list • The drinks taken while on excursions or transfers • Travel Cancellation Insurance Gratuities • Personal expenses

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